The project received funding because:

Cosplay started in Japan, and is a new artisan culture in the Nordic region. Cosplay practitioners are the latest players in our traditional field of craftsmanship. The practitioners are passionate about working with their own hands in a hobby culture rooted in the world of cartoons and popular culture. The practitioners devote lots of time and effort to making costumes and learning, developing, and sharing techniques.

We have awarded the application, ‘Nordic Cosplay Convention’ DKK 25,000.The amount corresponds to an allocation from the Fund’s START-UP pool.

The Fund’s assessment is that the project is relevant to HANDMADE and ambitious, but is not yet sufficiently developed to merit a HANDMADE grant. The Nordic aspect needs further development and we are awarding the DKK 25,000 allocation as subsidy for the expenses involved in future meetings with Nordic collaborators with whom the project intends to work for future development. Like everyone else who is inspired by HANDMADE, the working group is welcome, at a later point, to apply for a project grant in the Fund’s three annual funding periods.


About the project:

The project is rooted in the youth culture of Cosplay which is relatively new in the Nordic region and which involves and brings together lots of young people. Cosplay is all about creating advanced costumes. It is a hobby in which amateurs develop advanced proficiencies in the fields of costume and theatre design: They test, develop, and utilise materials from traditional garment fabrics to substances that can be modelled, thermoplastic, paint, sound technology, and other electronics. A successful costume captures the essence of a historic figure or, most often, a figure from popular culture: from film, cartoons, games, or TV. If a historic figure is involved, it is important to strive for authenticity in the choice of materials and techniques.

An important element of Cosplay is meeting up with others and competing. One of the criteria for winning a competition is to have personally designed and made the costume and the scenario around it: everything from script and music to light and other effects.

The working group hopes to organise a Cosplay event and currently the plans include the following elements:

  • Workshops involving practitioners from the Nordic region, at which knowledge of and proficiency with materials and techniques will be shared and discussed
  • Lectures
  • A competition in which practitioners can present and compete with their abilities

Total budget: 744 000 DKK 
Applied for:  521 000 DKK   
Approved grant:   25 000 DKK

The Fund hopes that the originators have a great time!

Special pool earmarked for HANDMADE in 2016

This project was supported by a Special pool earmarked for HANDMADE in 2016. Normally, the Fund caps applications at DKK 500,000 and 50% of total project budget, however, HANDMADE 2016 invited projects to apply for amounts ranging from DKK 500,000 to DKK 1 million and up to 85% of total project costs.

The assessment criteria were: HANDMADE aims to promote and stimulate handicrafts and handmade design by encouraging new Nordic and international partnerships and to help raise the visibility and profile of a wide range of handmade art forms and idioms. The spotlight is on projects that:

  • contribute to the development and visibility of handmade design and that focus on free, experimental and conceptual aspects
  • help challenge and break down traditional boundaries for handmade arts, crafts and design
  • include individuals or organisations from other disciplines and artistic genres.

The Fund’s general criteria about Nordic substance, quality, support and impact also applied.

Christina Zetterlund from Sweden and Mari Savio from Finland acted as expert advisors. The Board of the Nordic Culture Fund made the final decision on which projects to fund.

From 2017, HANDMADE will be part of the Fund’s general programmes of project funding and OPSTART. Read more about the programmes under “Apply for funding”.

Figur: Tyrande Whisperwind
Kilde: Heroes of the Storm / World of Warcraft
Fotograf: Mialiina cosplay photography
Cosplayer: Mialiina